Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

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9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forcesa ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

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    • u 4:9 - Or "principles"
      10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

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      11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

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      12 I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong.

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      13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you,

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      14 and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.

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      15 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
      16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

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      17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.

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      18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.

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        • 27 4:18 - ver 13,14
          19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

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          20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!